This is a bonus post this week! Today is time to talk day. It’s also children’s mental health week, so I feel it is important to be really open and honest in a dialogue about how we might be feeling.
If like me you’re a bit of an extrovert, then talking is easy and you’re quite happy to open up. I certainly do wear my heart on my sleeve. However, I’m aware that’s not the same for everybody especially for men. I thought I’d share some of my strategies for dealing with feelings, problems and stresses.
- There’s that old saying – a problem shared is a problem halved and as cheesy as that might be there is some truth to it. I have personally found by just sharing even a little bit of what’s bothering me, it already feels like there’s a load off.
- If you don’t fancy talking about it to other people sometimes writing it down is a good action – it gives your problem a time and a place but allows it to free up your mind for other things.
- In this digital age, you’re likely to find other people online with whom you can identify. Not being face to face is often helpful, meaning one can truly be honest about their circumstances. It does come with a word of warning though as we all know there are toxic people online. You need to act with caution and vigilance.
If you need specialist support, don’t be afraid to ask or ask someone to help on your behalf. The following organisations are brilliant:
Samaritans: Samaritans or call 116 123
Andy’s man club: Groups are set up all over the UK Andy’s Man’s Club